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Priscilla W. Wheelock

Priscilla W. Wheelock

February 27, 2014

Priscilla W. Wheelock passed away on February 27, 2014, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

Priscilla was born in Portsmouth, NH on March 17, 1922, to Ralph and Myrtle Wood.  She graduated from Westbrook College in Portland, ME.  After graduation, she worked at Camp Langdon in New Castle, NH during WWII.  Priscilla married Glennis R. Wheelock on August 21, 1948.  While he finished his medical degree, she worked for the Dean of Temple Medical School in Philadelphia.  After Glennis received his MD, they moved to Union City, PA where they resided until 1971, when they moved to State College, PA.  In 2003, Priscilla relocated to Eau Claire, WI, to be close to family.

She and her husband both worked and retired from Penn State University.  She was known as an avid Penn State fan, and later became a Badger and Packer fan in Wisconsin.  Priscilla volunteered her time to many different organizations including the Centre County Medical Society Auxiliary and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program.  She received a Presidential Honor for volunteering 10,000 hours knitting baby caps for the two local hospitals.

Priscilla was a gracious lady, who liked everyone she met and made them feel special.  She supported her family and friends through all they went through, encouraging them to do their best.  

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Cornett and husband, Frank, of Cadott, WI, and Holly Pelton of Fort Worth, TX.  She is also survived by her granddaughters, Catherine (Ross) McNally and Casey (Ryan) Morgan, along with two great grandchildren.  She left behind many very dear friends as well.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Penn State University (Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management or University Health Services) or to the Gladney Center for Adoption (www.gladney.org).

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is serving the family. 


A private gathering of her family and friends is being held.

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  • Kim Schiel Wow it's hard to believe on Friday Feb. 27th, 2015 we lost our beloved Priscilla. I think of her every single day and miss seeing her at Oakwood Hills. I hope she has found some time to sit down with my daddy in heaven and have a nice chat. Two people who loved me and who I loved very much. I miss you PW and sure wish there was visiting hours in Heaven. Love you oodles!

    February 23 at 9:25pm

  • gary greenfield I expressed my condolences a couple of days ago, but I forgot to add: the only negative I can think of about priscilla was that she rooted for penn state when they played the badgers.
    gary greenfield

    March 22 at 8:04pm

  • gary greenfield I remember Priscilla well, from the 3 years my parents resided at Oakwood Hills Retirement. Her friendly smile, gentle voice, classy and unassuming bearing, made her an impressive person, the kind of person, upon meeting, would always make one feel a little warmer inside. I'll bet she was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.
    Priscilla was giving and kind, as shown by her knitting for babies in the hospital.
    Gary & Vallie Greenfield, Eau Claire

    March 19 at 10:50pm

  • Joan Pope "Take her up tenderly,
    Lift her with care.
    Fashioned so slenderly,
    Aged but fair.
    Touch her not scornfully,
    Think of her mournfully,
    gently and humanly."
    You are missed and loved dear friend.

    March 17 at 3:32PM

  • Nattie Trainer Dear Holly and Debbie I so loved Priscilla and spent many warm loving days with her in State College and she quilted 4placemats for me and inscribed them "friends are forever"
    I now feel lost...more than when she moved away from State College. You two girls had one of the finest woman in the world for a mother. My deepest sympathies.
    Nattie Trainer

    March 15 at 4:09PM

  • Mary Eagleton Dear Debbie and Holly, I am so sorry I didn't send a Christmas card to Priscilla this year. I did think of her. She had been so good to keep in touch after moving to Wisconsin, reporting that she was content there.
    Aside from enjoying her in general, I have one memory of keeping warm by her fireplace when we had one of the power failuers in Toftrees. I think she cooked us hotdogs on the logs.
    I also liked traveling with her to Hot Springs AR when my family had a reunion there in 1995.

    You can be glad that she lived such a full life, benefitting so many others.

    Mary Eagleton

    March 6 at 10:10PM

  • Sandra Picard Holly and Debby: my sincerest sympathies.
    My Mother Lucille (Manson) Picard and Priscilla were good friends through life. I remember your Mother, and your grandparents fondly.

    March 6 at 8:43AM

  • Jim Bartingale I have many fond memories of Priscilla. She was such a joy to be with and she was a devoted friend to my mother. I am grateful to have known her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    March 5 at 10:08PM

  • Bob Bartingale I was sad to read Priscilla's obituary in the Eau Calire paper. While my mother, Mary Bartingale, was at Oakwood Hills Priscilla was always so gracious and kind to her. I will always be grateful to Priscilla for the wonderful freidship she provided our mother. Our prayers are with you.

    March 5 at 9:38AM

  • Omur Aydin Our deepest sympathies to Deborah, Holly, and families. Priscilla and Dr. Wheelock were our sweet neighbors in Toftrees in State College. Priscilla was a wonderful and caring person. I, also, will always remember her positive outlook on life. She was a super role model. I truly enjoyed our visits in our backyards overlooking the golf course and later our visits at her cozy condo. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Our thoughts are with you all ... Omur &Kultegin

    March 5 at 8:53AM

  • Mrs. Theresa LaRock I had the pleasure of doing Housekeeping for Priscilla at OAKWOOD HILLS!! I worked on the 2nd floor for about 3 years, until I had to retire from back trouble. She was a wonderful , caring person and I loved our visits and getting to know her! She was a blessing! Cherish your memories of her they will help you through! May god Bless You All

    March 4 at 7:26PM

  • janice jodon Priscilla would have loved this day in Central Pa. Sunny, snow covered grass, sidewalks and roads cleared. We would have been sitting in her driveway, all bundled up, warm and laughing about how crazy we were. The best crazy ever. She was one great dame.

    March 3 at 2:40PM

  • Darlene Booth I had the privilege of meeting Priscilla at Oakwoods Hills, where I managed the salon, for 7 years. I thoroughly enjoyed her salon visits,and hearing news of her family, that she loved so much. Priscilla always had a kind word for a friend, and a smile to go with it. She will be missed at Oakwood Hills, and by all who knew her throughtout her life travels. My sympathy to all of her family. Darlene Booth

    March 3 at 12:05PM

  • Linda Law Holly, praying for you and your family during this time. Only God can give you comfort and strength. From what you've said your mom was a beautiful person inside and out.

    March 3 at 10:29AM

  • Carole Griffith Anderson Here in Georgia we are celebrating Priscilla 's life. We met Priscilla at Oakwood Hills Retirement Community in Eau Claire, WI where my parents Perry and Millie Griffith also resided...an elegant community matching the elegance of Priscilla. She was such a soft spoken gracious lady. One of our favorite people of all time. Our hearts celebrate her union with God and her reunion with her husband. We will always remember Priscilla's positive outlook and her life as a role model...her spirit lives on forever. Our thoughts of peace and joy are with her family.

    March 3 at 10:22AM

  • Patricia Dudley Did not personally know Pricilla, but my daughter Kim did. Kim worked with her at Oakwood Hills. Kim talked about her many times to me about what a great lady she was and different things they had done for different events. She will be sadly missed by many people. My sympathy to the family, my hearet goes out to you all.

    March 3 at 9:24AM

  • Joy Luebbert We are never ready to lose our Mother. I am sending sympathy and prayers to my classmate, Holly and her family.

    March 3 at 7:28AM

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